Desperate retailers were hoping for some kind of boost today. Even a “dead cat bounce” would’ve sufficed. What happened instead was yet another indication that the end of the American Empire isn’t as far off as we might have hoped.
Black Friday typically starts the holiday shopping season and marks one of the most profitable days of the year for the many desperate souls struggling to make a living off of consumers. Unfortunately, even the most optimistic reports note that “few consumers wanted to buy anything that was not deeply discounted.”
For this cowtown, things look even worse.
Nobody was at Oak Park Mall on Black Friday and that place is pretty much the economic pulse the Greater Kansas City area. I noticed that the Plaza had a nice crowd but those people aren’t buying luxury goods on the cheap. In fact it looks like most people were enjoying the weather and trying to pinch pennies by picking up a coffee or something insignificant that wouldn’t make them look like total cheapskates.
Let’s face it: X-mas in Kansas City is gonna suck from an economic standpoint.
Ad buys are down along with consumer spending and it seems as if the only growth industry in the metro is the casino building game which, ironically sparks even more human misery and has consistently led to more local bankruptcies.
And this might be the part of the post wherein I attempt to acknowledge the “true meaning of X-mas” and how Santa was crucified by the Easter Bunny or some other fairy tale from Catholic school I forgot. Sorry. It’s a simple fact that MONEY MAKES X-MAS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR and this season nobody seems to have much on hand.